Isle of Wight News

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American billionaire looking to buy Portsmouth Football Club

michael eisner

Unexpected news that the former Disney boss is looking to buy Portsmouth Football club broke last week and has sparked great debate within the fan-owned club.

Monday, 27th March, 2017 12:30pm

By Sally Perry

Mental health issue of most concern to young commissioners

concerned teenager

Mental health came out as the issue of most concern to young people with 45% of those taking part selecting it as their top priority.

Monday, 27th March, 2017 11:04am

By Police and Crime Commissioner

Island Line: First MTR promise innovation for passengers

Islandline trains

FirstGroup and MTR say they listened carefully to feedback from passengers, stakeholders and community groups and are committed to working with Islanders to develop a viable future for the Island Line.

Monday, 27th March, 2017 9:28am

By James Robinson with 4 readers' comments

New company to run Island Line and South Western rail franchise

island line train

The Department for Transport has announced the company who has been awarded the south western franchise, which will run from 20 August 2017.

Monday, 27th March, 2017 7:12am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Emergency crews respond to collision in Cowes harbour

Cowes rnli volunteer

A 20 foot fishing boat, Loose Cannon, with four men aboard, was involved in a violent collision in Cowes Harbour in the early hours of this morning.

Sunday, 26th March, 2017 11:59am

By George Chastney with one comment

Plans revealed for school’s new boarding house and sports pitch

ryde schol boarding plans

Comments have opened on the planning application for a boarding house to accommodate up to 68 pupils at Ryde School. It will sit alongside a new Astro turf pitch with the potential for inter-school and local sports club benefit.

Friday, 24th March, 2017 5:23pm

By Ra Hennessy

New studies planned on coastal erosion and flood defences

Ventnor from the air

The two studies will gather information in relation to the physical and natural environments, including coastal processes, economic data and an assessment of the condition of existing defences.

Friday, 24th March, 2017 4:23pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Youth projects get share of £200,000

teenage socks

The Youth Offer will provide social opportunities as well as tangible skills to support young people into work.

Friday, 24th March, 2017 1:45pm

By IW Council Press Office

Excellence in Island education to be celebrated with new awards


The new awards would recognise dedication and professionalism of teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, caretakers, cleaners, lunchtime supervisors, volunteers, crossing patrol supervisors and many others.

Friday, 24th March, 2017 10:25am

By Isle of Wight Conservatives with 2 readers' comments

Palm oil challenge: A 21st century detective story

palm oil concession

It is not too late to take up the Palm Oil free for a month challenge. Read on to find out more from Maggie Nelmes, Environmental Campaigns Officer for the Isle of Wight Green Party's Palm Oil Challenge.

Friday, 24th March, 2017 10:18am

By Maggie Nelmes with 4 readers' comments

Island Independents: If elected, we’ll buy Red Funnel for Islanders

Red Funnel Red Osprey

Discussions are already underway and if elected in the May elections, the Island Independents say they'll use agreed £200m borrowing and will "seek to participate with partners to acquire this vital route to the Island, for the Island".

Friday, 24th March, 2017 6:30am

By Julia Baker-Smith with 107 readers' comments

£778,400 funding boost for The Pier’s Tale project in Yarmouth

yarmouth pier

This financial boost will help restore the timber structure of the pier, and highlight all aspects of the Pier’s 140 years.

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017 4:55pm

By Tracey Cooper